View Full Version : Does your child have Atypical Aspergers?

06-27-11, 08:25 PM
After months of trying to get appropriate help for my son, our

psychiatrist asked us to read some literature on aspergers. Also asked

my husband and I to fill out a rating questionairre. She said that there

could be a possibility he could just have some of the symptoms.

In filling out the questionairre, I have to say that a light bulb went on in

my head. Many of the questions I responded "yes" to.

The only critiera which didn't seem to fit was the preference to be alone.

My son always wants to be with people and friends. Constantly on the go

and never wants to stay home. In fact, he never wants to be in his

room alone.

If it weren't for those things, I could definitely see a diagnosis of aspergers

for my son.

Does anyone have experience with a similiar situation?

06-28-11, 11:04 AM
I prefer being alone to being around people I don't know very well (especially people my own age). But I get depressed if I'm on my own for too long, so I do spend some time with friends. I also find it exhausting being around normal people for too long, so spending time with my friends, who are all a bit odd, is rather therapeutic for me.

Also, remember AS is a spectrum, so your son will not have ALL the symptoms. But if he has enough to cause significant impairment, then I'd say he should be diagnosed.

06-28-11, 11:20 AM
My granddaughter has a diagnosis of Atypical Autism - she is pretty good about making eye contact and is very clingy with her mother. The autism specialist who works in our school system says "If you've met one kid with autism, then you've met ONE kid with autism." It's a spectrum disorder so some have more problems in one area than another.

06-28-11, 09:11 PM
Also, you do not have to meet every single criteria. You can meet some and still be diagnosable.

06-30-11, 08:37 PM
I know many extroverted aspies. I am an intensely introverted high functioning autistic. So, in your doctor's case I am a textbook definition. I don't get lonely while on my own. Actually I feel most at piece when I'm on my own. I can pursue my own solitary interests. However, if I don't see people in a long time I don't get depressed I become agoraphobic and my social skills begin to slip.
When you said your son needs to be with people and can't be alone at all that tells me he is on the spectrum. I know NT's that love to be around people but are fine on their own.

06-30-11, 10:23 PM
i know a few aspies. one of them is kinda introverted, but does socialize to a certain extent. he just likes threatening people is all! i dont know if i can help here though since im only a cousin. i could possibly relate in some aspects

07-22-11, 02:37 AM
Each person with ASD has their own personality, we all express our ASD very differently to the next person.

On one hand my AS/ADHD partner is very friendly and extroverted and on the other hand I (also AS/ADHD with a mild LD and tics) am more of a loner..

I think what professionals, reseachers and the general public need to understand is that ASD does in fact manifest itself very differently in each person, we don't all have the same symptoms, we don't all behave in the same manner, we don't all have the same level of obsession over thing and nor do we obsess over trains etc.

We are all different!!!